The visit, which takes place on 7 February, is with a view to locating an advanced manufacturing plant in the city.
Seattle based Get it Group brings together landowners and international businesses looking for locations to expand their operations. For several months negotiations have been on-going between Herefordshire Council, the Enterprise Zone Board and the Get It Group who are looking to buy the land at Rotherwas and will then bring the Georgian investment into the county.
Discussions have progressed with the Get it Group to the extent that their client, Georgian firm Tbilisi Aerospace Manufacturing, is actively considering Hereford as a UK base. The company will build components for anew small passenger jet with a target market in Eastern Europe. The visit represents the next stage in their negotiations with Herefordshire Council as landowner of the site.
On the 6 February, Mr Nodar Beridze, Director General of TAM, and the Chief Executive of TAM, will meet with Communities Secretary Eric Pickles before travelling to Hereford to meet with Herefordshire Council and Enterprise Zone Board leaders the next day.
Bill Jackson, Chair of Hereford Enterprise Zone Board said: “We are delighted to be welcoming the delegation from Georgia as this brings more certainty to the company’s investment in Hereford. Not only will this investment brings many jobs into the city but will also provide an apprenticeship school for around 70 apprentices a year, and will provide the necessary skills and training to support the operation.”
Leader of Herefordshire Council, John Jarvis said: “This is potentially great news for Herefordshire,”
“We are very enthusiastic about the opportunities being created by the Get it Group. It is their intention to bring business and training to both and the Enterprise Zone in Hereford and to Ross-on-Wye.
“This is a huge opportunity for our county. The deal, if successful, is likely to create hundreds of jobs, together with training opportunities to help local people work in a well-paid manufacturing industry.”
As well as the ten-hectare site on the Enterprise Zone, initial discussions with Get it Group have also included bringing a second Eastern European firm to Herefordshire, with Ukranian based MARKET-MATS looking to invest at Model Farm, Ross-on-Wye.
Ray Stone, UK representative of the Get it Group, said “The proposed development of the North Magazine site on the Enterprise Zone presents a fantastic opportunity for the Hereford community. The support shown by Herefordshire Council officers and local and national politicians, especially John Jarvis, Roger Philips, Jesse Norman MP, Anthea McIntyre MEP and Secretary of State Eric Pickles, has significantly helped Hereford become the favoured site for the new Tbilisi Aerospace advanced manufacturing campus.”